I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Southern Pecan Salad Dressing

My garden (including a weed)

The main attraction in these early days of the farmers markets here is the wide variety of lettuces and salad greens.  But I skip right past those stalls, because this year I have a big beautiful, bed of lettuces in my own backyard, with a little help from Bennett-Burk Farm.  I have eaten lettuce every day, and passed on large amounts to family and friends.  With all this lettuce going around, I had to create the perfect Southern salad dressing to go with it all, so I turned to local pecans and pecan oil for nuttiness and crunch.

A local pecan grower here sells pecan oil, which adds such a nice, rich pecan taste.  They sell it online, but if you can’t find pecan oil, use a neutral flavored oil like canola or light olive (not extra virgin, the taste would be too strong.)

Southern Pecan Salad Dressing

3 large cloves of garlic

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¾ cup pecan oil or vegetable oil

¼ cup chopped pecans

Place the garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in the carafe of a blender and pulse a few times.  Add the vinegar and blend until smooth.  With the motor running, drizzle in the oil until the dressing is emulsified and looks creamy.  Pour the dressing into a tightly sealing jar, add the chopped pecans and shake.

The dressing will keep for 2 days in the fridge in the sealed jar.  Shake to combine before using.

Makes 1 cup dressing

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1 comment to Southern Pecan Salad Dressing

  • Gabriella

    Your lettuce looks lovely. Good for you growing your own. Looking forward to making this salad dressing.

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